Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Norfolk

The Project

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a truly unique museum and gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the lives of Norfolk people. As part of the museums 3 year Heritage lottery funded project for developing the museums exhibits, they discovered in the records that in the mid 1800’s one of the Workhouse Managers built a swing for the children of the workhouse to play on.

Hannah Jackson, current operations director for the museum got in touch with us here at Fenland Leisure to see if we could re-create this exciting discovery and install it within the open courtyard area of the museum. We got together and after considering the likely materials and technology available at the time we wanted to put in something that was truly unique and would fit right in with the workhouse environment

Using Robinia timber, we were able to supply & install a rustic, natural and handcrafted swing frame that looks like it could well have been put together in the 1800’s! (although we did have to make sure it conforms to all of today’s health & safety standards) we think that we have fit the brief perfectly !

Hannah said “Although we don’t actually have any photograph’s or idea of what the original swing would have looked like, what FLP have provided certainly captures the spirit of the idea, and is exactly what we were looking for to help our visitors immerse themselves in the experience and get a real feel for what life in the workhouse would have been like.”

Click the link for more information regarding Gressenhall Farm and Work House.

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